Diary of a Novel: special characters – part 1

Now, when I say "special" I don't mean "special" as such, I mean "other important characters not mentioned already". According to Ron D Voigts and Writing the Killer Mystery, these "special" characters consist of the following: sidekick opponent supporter My "sidekick" was easy. That's going to be Woody (aka Mark Palmer/Woodstock) from Night Crawler. He was... Continue Reading →

Diary of a Novel: the suspects

The intention was to take The Beast Within away with us on our recent holiday and do some work here and there ... Unfortunately, we were so busy enjoying ourselves that the story was completely neglected. Fortunately, before we went away, I did some extensive work on my suspects. The first of my suspects was always going... Continue Reading →

Diary of a Novel: Great beginnings

I didn't do any more work on the novel on Tuesday, so I wrote the grand total of 197 words, bringing my running total to 464. Instead, I carried on with the edit that I'd started on Monday. I worked on that all day Wednesday as well, and most of Thursday, submitting it yesterday teatime-ish.... Continue Reading →

Diary of a Novel: 2 April 2019

Having abandoned – temporarily – Catch the Rainbow, yesterday I started work on The Beast Within: a Marcie Craig mystery. Marcie Craig is the main protagonist and amateur sleuth in my first novel Night Crawler. Whereas that novel was set in a pub where she works as a rock DJ, this story is set in... Continue Reading →

“Orbiting” projects

Thanks to everyone who took the time to reply to last week's post – here, on Facebook and elsewhere. The general consensus is that I finish the book and, on the whole, I agree. But while the case continues, I think I'll leave it on ice. I have other stuff I can be getting on... Continue Reading →

What took them so long?

*** AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION REQUESTED *** For the past four weeks there has been an inquest into the Birmingham pub bombings of 1974. Much of my book, Catch the Rainbow, was set against that period. Some of the plot hinged on speculation and suggestion behind the atrocity on my part. So far, quite a lot of... Continue Reading →

Cutting your losses

After much hand-wringing and some discussion with friends and colleagues, I made a tough decision and sent a particularly heavy edit back to the author yesterday. It was taking me too long and I couldn't really do it any justice, as I was struggling to work out what the author was trying to say on... Continue Reading →

Chicken rustling

I had a relatively productive day yesterday. I stuck to my schedule and kept on top of the household chores. I did some writing work, a blog post, and some editing work. And I was able to finish work on time, or not long after. This morning I managed my first two Pomodoros on Catch... Continue Reading →

Starting a new editing job

I didn't have chance to do any writing on Thursday evening, as the poet had band practice and I had to do the shopping. So we had a quick tea, and then we both went out. The band had a new PA system they wanted to set up, so it was a slightly later than... Continue Reading →

Still windy, still working offline

We had a relatively still night. When the wind drops, it's actually fairly mild – currently around 11 degrees Centigrade, but with plenty of sunshine during the day. However, at around 7am, the wind started to pick up again, and we can expect winds of up to 51 miles per hour by mid-morning. So I... Continue Reading →

Writing without power or internet

We're in the midst of another massive storm here in the UK and my internet connection keeps blowing out – on the phone and on the broadband. Fortunately, I can still do a lot of work when this happens, I just can't submit it or collect any new stuff. On Monday, for example, while we... Continue Reading →

Getting out of the doldrums

I was feeling a tad overwhelmed this time last week when I posted about the various piles of work I had. But sorting them out and discussing it with the poet really helped. The first thing I did was finish the big proofreading job that was already in. That was completed yesterday and I nipped... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo comes to an end once more

Congratulations to all of my fellow NaNoWriMoErs who hit their target this year. Commiserations if you didn't reach your target, but don't worry. I failed for far too many years to mention before finally finding my NaNoMoJo, and now I've won 4 years on the trot. Well done to everyone who took part. It can... Continue Reading →

NaNoWriMo rules, OK

About a year ago ... actually, exactly a year ago, I was preparing for NaNoWriMo 2017. I had a book contract under my belt for A History of Cadbury and I'd learnt how to use Scrivener. During NaNo I wrote that book and spent the following months (between other work) editing it, polishing it, submitting it,... Continue Reading →

Clearing the decks

Before I start, please hop on over to the alphabet adventurers to see the latest post. There's still time to enter a competition there, with a closing date of midnight (UK time) this coming Friday, 28 September. It's been a while since I published a to-do list. This is mostly due to me trying to... Continue Reading →

Organised again

I've been a bit overwhelmed with trying to catch up with work again, but I think I finally reached a balance once more. The past week in particular has been busy - as usual. I've not had a single idle day, though, and I'm looking forward to the week ahead. On Monday I caught up... Continue Reading →

Diary of a novel: The Beast Within

Here's another new feature for Words Worth Writing, but one that has been well-received in the past, so it's really being resurrected for the latest project. I've decided that my next project will be The Beast Within: a Marcie Craig mystery. When I hauled out my folders for this project last weekend, I was mortified to... Continue Reading →

Logging time, and a thunderstorm

The time-logging app worked on Monday, very well - to an extent. So too did the "no housework" thing. I say to an extent, because on Monday afternoon we had a thunderstorm. Only a little one. There was one distant rumble ... and then the internet dropped out. It took several hours to re-set itself... Continue Reading →

To-do list (*** list alert ***)

So, it's all over bar the shouting. Well, actually, it's all over. We've moved the last scrap of wood over from the old house to the new house. We've handed over the keys. It's taken us two and a half weeks, but everything we own is now back under one roof. This means I have... Continue Reading →

Round-up and to-do list

I had a lot to do again last week, and I didn't manage to do them all. daily writing exercise write a blog post every day I only managed one of each of these last week, and they were both on Wednesday. Saying that, I've done both already today, but it's unlikely I'll get any... Continue Reading →

Round-up and to-do list

I'm a bit late with this, this week, but I have been busy, just not necessarily busy doing what I was supposed to be doing ... I did some work on Saturday last week, at the front end of the week not the tail end. Here is how I did for the rest of the... Continue Reading →

Round-up & to-do list

I had a much better week last week. I knuckled down, kept track of where I was and how much I'd done, and just got on with things . Here's a reminder of last week's list followed by how I did: write a blog post every day YES! Every day last week I wrote a... Continue Reading →

Round-up & to-do list

Last week I "came back to work" struggling to get motivated. I had a HUGE to-do list that consisted of at least nine things I needed to be doing.  I also looked at various time-suckers that were impeding my work without adding any value. I went through both of those lists and decided what to... Continue Reading →

Update: Busy few weeks

It's been a whole month since my last post (before this morning's 52 in 52, that is). I haven't been lax, I've been very busy - as usual. First of all, there was a bank holiday weekend. Then there was a full week's holiday, followed by another full week's holiday just one week later. Fortunately,... Continue Reading →

Why I read books about writing

Lots of writers advise other writers to stop reading books on writing and just crack on with the writing. But I love to read books on writing. I love to see how other writers work and I like to find out new things to try. My husband has been a coarse fisherman for more than... Continue Reading →

January round-up

January has not been a great start to 2017 for me, work-wise. I've been lazy, unmotivated and easily distracted. I think the biggest problem was I didn't set myself a total word-count target for the month and, as a result, I've written hardly anything. I have had one book each in from two clients, one... Continue Reading →

New beginnings (*** list alert ***)

The news that yet another short story magazine has closed its doors to all but a privileged few has knocked me sideways somewhat this past week. It's not a market I've had a lot of success with, but it's a good market to target anyway and at least the result is a completed short story... Continue Reading →

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